Andreas Nilsson Directs "The Tower" For Volvo Trucks, Forsman & Bodenfors

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Robert Goldrich
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020

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Volvo Trucks has reached new heights in this film directed by Andreas Nilson via production company Bacon for agency Forsman & Bodenfors in Gothenburg, Sweden.

To demonstrate the power and strength of its four new vehicles, Volvo built a colossal truck tower, stacking its four new trucks on top of one another. Titled “The Tower,” this film is set in the dead of night and starts by showing the truck tower as a huge monolith glowing in the distance. As it moves forward, we see wolves in the foreground and catch a glimpse of a female driver. As the film reaches its climax, complete with smoke and lighting effects, we see that the man standing on top of the truck tower is actually Volvo Trucks’ president Roger Alm.

The release of the film comes one day ahead of the official launch of the heavy duty range in Europe, which includes the Volvo FH, Volvo FH16, Volvo FM and Volvo FMX. The four trucks represent about two thirds of Volvo Trucks’ deliveries.

”This is our biggest launch ever at Volvo Trucks. They will have a huge impact on our customers’ profitability and ability to compete both for business and the best drivers. I´m used to being on top of things, but for me, shooting the truck tower was definitely an unusual day at work. And let’s just say I have a certain respect for heights. I´m a down to earth guy,” said Alm.

The film was shot in late 2019 on a testing ground outside Volvo’s hometown of Gothenburg. Both the truck tower and the majority of the visual effects are real.

”It took about a month to design and build the tower and make sure it was safe to drive. Essentially, this was made possible thanks to the sturdy construction truck, the Volvo FMX, and its new 38-tonne bogie being able to carry the weight of the others. But it also required a steady speed and course, accomplished by the Volvo Dynamic Steering technology and a skilled truck driver,” said Markus Wikström, engineer at Volvo Trucks and part of the engineering team behind the tower.

(Director Nilsson is handled in the U.S. and U.K. by Biscuit Filmworks.)

Credits

Client Volvo Trucks Agency Forsman & Bodenfors Mattias Berg, Josefin Roxeheim, art directors; Olle Langseth, Hampus Elfstrom, copywriters; Jerry Wass, designer; Lena Sellman, producer. Production Company Bacon Andreas Nilsson, director; Mette Jermiin, managing director; Samuel Cantor, exec producer; Karl Wettre, producer; Jakob Berlin, line producer; Danielle Ekblad, coordinator; Robert Diment, 1st AD; Ronald Meier, 2nd AD; Jakob Ihre, DP; Zeke Soderlund, prop master; Allan O. Lukow, motion control operator; Natalie Olenheim, stylist; Seth Ericson, stunts; Daniel Casselby, drone operator; Johan Hamesk, SFX supervisor. Editorial Peter Brandt, editor; Nikolaj Dahl, edit assistant. Postproduction/VFX BaconX Jonas Drehn, Jan Tvilling, VFX supervisors; Eliana Carranza-Pitcher, executive post producer; Louise Bejerholm, VFX producer; Hannibal Lang, colorist; Soren Gamborg Knudsen, color assist; Ditte Marie Ludvigsen, concept artist; Tom Crate, David Lessel, previs artists; David Lessel, Arthur Dalvig, Mats Andersson, Gemma Aliaga Costa, Erik Sundkvist, CG artists; Mario Maruska, Mikkel Hansen, Jacob Carlsson, Oliver Buus, Kai Hauswirth, comp artists. Music Vangelis-Conquest of Paradise

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